Back at CES 2017 Samsung unveiled its first line of OLED Ultra HDTVs, bringing a technology that was previously limited to LG’s popular sets. But starting at $2,500 puts Samsung’s high-end TVs out of reach for many. To ease the price-induced anxiety, it has today announced a new line of more affordable 4K TVs with its MU Series. Starting at $549, the new lineup features HDR capabilities across the board and a sleek, nearly bezel-less design.
The new Samsung MU Series comes in four different varieties, with varying screen sizes in each group. Here’s the breakdown:
- MU 6 Series: 40 to 75-inches
- MU 7 Series: 40 to 65-inches
- MU 8 Series: 49 to 82-inches
- MU 9 Series: 55 to 75-inches
Each line varies slightly from the other in both price and features. While the entire lot includes HDR and Samsung’s latest smart TV software, the biggest variations come in the displays. The 7 series brings a more advanced feature set that includes a wide range of color reproduction. Meanwhile, jumping to the 8 series will do a better job of recreating an OLED experience with a wider range of contrast and colors.
Finally, the MU 9 Series is dubbed the high-end model of the lot with its anti-reflective coating that is ideal for living rooms with substantial amounts of light. It also supports over a billion colors and delivers the most extreme contrast of the bunch.
As we mentioned off the top, prices start at $549 for the entry-level model and tops out with a $3,799 price on the 9 series. That’s not to say you can’t spend some serious cash here. The high-end 75-inch model comes in at a salty $3,800 with many of the same features available from VIZIO for less.
One thing is for sure, there are more 4K options on the market these days than ever before. If you’re considering finally making the jump to an Ultra HDTV, now is the time to make your move. Otherwise we recommend waiting until the holidays when another cycle of price drops will come. The good thing about so much competition is that generally speaking prices are going down across the board. You can pick up a solid entry-level 4K set for under $600 that will do the job for Blu-rays or connecting with a PS4 Pro.
My recommendation continues to be VIZIO’s attractive M-Series that includes a built-in Chromecast, HDR capabilities, and a touchscreen remote. The 55-inch model for $700 really is the sweet spot here, which is a $200 discount off the original price.